Harvard (2-2) vs. Northeastern (3-2)
|Harvard at UMass (2-3)
Sept. 18, 2016
Gladchuk Field Hockey Complex
Harvard trails, 6-14-1
L, 0-3 (Sept. 6, 2013)
Harvard continues its season against two in-state rivals (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard field hockey team (2-2) will take on a pair of teams from Massachusetts this weekend, hosting crosstown rival Northeastern (3-2) Friday evening and then traveling to Amherst to take on UMass Sunday afternoon. Friday's game at Berylson Field will begin at 6 p.m., while Sunday's road game is set for 2 p.m.
September 16-23 is Facebook Live Week Powered by the Ivy League Digital Network. Harvard's game Friday evening against Northeastern will be the first of 14 live events on Facebook as part of the event. A complete schedule of the events can be found HERE.
Last Time Out
The Crimson went 1-1 over the second weekend of the season, taking down Pacific last Thursday in double-overtime, 2-1. Senior Marissa Balleza scored both of Harvard's goals, converting a penalty stroke in the 45th minute and the recording the game-winner in the 88th minute. Harvard visited No. 4 UConn on Sunday and fell to the Huskies, 4-0.
Senior Marissa Balleza has proven herself to be one of the most prolific scorers in Harvard field hockey history. With her two goals against Pacific, Balleza now has 84 points, two shy of Shelley Maasdorp '05 for second on the all-time scoring list for the Crimson. Judy Collins '99 holds the program's all-time career points record with 102, 18 more than Balleza. Collins is also the only former Crimson ahead of Balleza on the career goals list. The current Harvard senior has 36 strikes in her career, trailing Collins by seven.
Junior goaltender Olivia Startup has been stellar in her first season as the starter for the Crimson. Her 1.40 goals-against mark is the second-lowest in the Ivy League and is 19th in the nation.
The first three games of Harvard season went into overtime, marking the first time in program history that the Crimson played extra time in its first three games. Two of the those games reached double-overtime, making this the first season since 2005 that Harvard played two double-overtime games in one season. The three extra-session games in a row is the most since Harvard played five-straight overtime contests in 1993.
The Huskies are another team that has played a trio of overtime matches this season, including a 1-0 victory in double-overtime in its most recent game against Providence. June Curry-Lindahl scored her second of the season in the 87th minute to win it for a Northeastern squad that was outshot, 15-7, by the Friars. Northeastern also has wins over UC Davis and California.
Curry-Lindahl and Laura MacLachlan pace the Northeastern offense with seven points, with MacLachlan leading the way with three goals. Senior Becky Garner has played every minute in goal, posting a 1.29 GAA and a .781 save percentage.
UMass is 2-3 entering the weekend with an Atlantic 10 matchup against Saint Louis slated for Friday afternoon. The Minutewomen took on UConn two days before the Crimson, falling to its neighboring-state's flagship school, 2-1. UMass ended last season with a trip to the NCAA Tournament where it beat Kent State, 1-0, in the play-in round before losing to eventual national champion Syracuse in the next round.
Melanie Kreusch and Nicole Kuerzi lead the Minutewomen offense with three goals and six points. Emily Hazard has been the lone keeper to man the UMass goal this season, entering this weekend with a 2.19 GAA and a .656 save mark.
Six freshmen joined the Crimson this fall, bringing the roster tally to 24 student-athletes. Four different states, as well as New Zealand and The Netherlands are represented in the class of 2020. The newcomers are Casey Allen, Maddie Earle, Grace Geiger, Olivia Ostrover, Callie Rennyson and Bente van Vlijmen.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Berlyson Family Field Hockey Field
Harvard field hockey will commence the 2016 season on it new home turf known as Berylson Family Field Hockey Field. Located north of the Beren Tennis Center, Berylson Field was constructed this summer thanks to the generous support of John G. Berylson, MBA '79 and his wife Amy S. Berylson '75, MBA '79.
Head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden welcomed a pair of new assistant coaches to his staff last spring, bringing on Marvin Bam and Katie O'Donnell Bam. The duo joins Harvard after both were members of the coaching staff at Millersville. Each brings a wealth of international experience, as Bam garnered 98 international caps and represented his home country of South Africa in the 2008 Olympics. O'Donnell Bam has been a member of USA Field Hockey for 11 years and played for Team USA at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, scoring five goals. She played her collegiate career at Maryland where she was a four-time All-American.